[This post will be updated if new information about places around the station comes available. 🙂 ]
Around Zhongshan Station are a number of major department stores, and there are also many boutiques and cafés in the surrounding neighborhood. Many can be found along Chifeng Street between Zhonghan and Shuanglian stations, including:
Chifeng Street (赤峰街)
Chifeng Street is beside MRT Zhongshan Station. In the past this small street was filled with specialists in automotive and shipbreaking parts. Today you will find creative youthful dynamism. Along Chifeng Street and the alleys and lanes shooting off are newfangled clothing shops, workshops, and cafés – and among them, old-style steadfastly maintaining yesteryear aesthetics. Come spend time in this chic new-style/old-style urban culture-mix garden plot.
Smith & Hsu
The best example of a contemporary, trendy teahouse in Taipei may be Smith & Hsu. Here you can choose from a wide selection of teas in a laid-back setting. Afternoon tea is popular, with an abundance of options for those dining with friends or alone. Visitors are invited to choose a tea based on its aroma, selecting one that’s most pleasant to the drinker. After 6pm, you can enjoy the shop’s tea cocktails, including a delightful lightly alcoholic concoction made with lychee and oolong tea. The fruity, refreshing cocktails come in several other variations, including lychee and mint, Assam with Bailey’s Irish Cream, and black tea with orange liqueur.
Add: 36, Sec. 1, Nanjing E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2562-5565
Website: www.smithandhsu.com (Chinese)
The founder of Xiaoqi (“little knick-knacks”) lived in Tokyo 10 years, and upon returning to Taipei felt that the range of lifestyle products, both in terms of shops and type, was comparatively restricted. The first bricks-and-mortar Xiaoqi outlet was born, on Chifeng Street. The small shop’s display-space furnishings are simple; in addition to Japanese goods, items originated in Taiwan are sold. Xiaoqi has now also opened a gallery, eatery, and wine shop, making “Xiaoqi” and “Chifeng Street” almost synonymous.
Add: 29, Chifeng St., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2552-7039
A place of great color and exotic glass windows, this vintage-clothing shop stands out in its narrow-lane setting. The merchandise selection is multifarious; beyond the vintage men’s and women’s clothing specially sourced by the owner from Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, there are specially-made hats, gloves, and other accessories, along with Taiwan jewelry and other designer creations. This is a must-visit spot for lovers of the vintage look.
Add: 21, Ln. 23, Chifeng St., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2556-0866
Offering bright and lively colors and whimsical childlike styles, LOOPY! was founded by two friends with a background in art and design. Most of the shops T-shirts, bags, stationery, and daily-use articles are made with materials drawn from everyday life. In addition to its original-design items, stationery and accessories from other hand-crafted brands are also offered.
Add: 2F, 2-4, Ln. 41, Chifeng St., Taipei City
This is the bricks-and-mortar sales outlet for the original Taiwan Recovery accessories brand. The space is a converted garage. Beyond the own-brand merchandise, a special selection of accessories, knick-knacks, and items by other Taiwan designers is also on display. The Recovery line is mainly metal jewelry, gender-neutral with street-style elements, including rings and necklaces. Among the various brands carried in the petite space are Classico (hand-crafted eyeglasses) and Metalize (American-style retro accessories).
Add: 18-6, Ln. 25, Nanjing W. Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2555-2232 (closed on Mondays)
Bomb Metal & Fry Jewelry
This shop, focused on contemporary metal smithing and design, was founded by two friends who’d been classmates six years and colleagues eight, their goal is to show the beauty and variety of metalworking through hand-crafted home furnishings, jewelry, and other items, and bring more artistry into people’s everyday lives.
Add: 27, Ln. 1, Sec. 2, Chengde Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City
Lovely Taiwan Shop (台灣好店)
All items here are Taiwan-sourced, providing a stable sales platform for creators from local communities and indigenous-tribe villages. The main items displayed on the first and second floors are accessories, bags, and souvenir items, along with teas and foods.
Add: 18-2, Ln. 25, Nanjing W. Rd., Taipei City
Rooster Café & Vintage (公雞咖啡)
Want a hearty Chifeng Street brunch? Here’s the place! Down a quiet Chifeng Street side lane, the retro ceramic-tile floor, DIY mosaic-decorated bar, and fixed-up secondhand tables, chairs, and sofas give this place a 1950s/1960s ambience.
Add: 20-5, Ln. 25, Nanjing W. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
This café is a special space for lovers of premium coffees and handmade dessert treats. The entire façade is made up of retro-style sash windows, in harmony with the old homes along this neighborhood’s lanes and alleys. The interior is defined by lights seemingly strewn at random and by a white/black/natural-wood theme, creating a simple, clean, comfy sense of space. The menu of coffees, teas and tea drinks, beers, and sweet treats is extensive. Take note – the brown-sugar latte is the most-ordered beverage.
Add: 10, Ln. 33, Chifeng St., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2550-7770
Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Add: 39, Chang’an W. Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2552-3721
HOTEL IN THE AREA
Regent Taipei (台北晶華酒店)
Add: No. 3, Ln. 39, Sec. 2 Zhongshan N. Rd., Taipei City
(台北市中山北路2 段3 9 巷3 號)
Tel: (02) 2523-8000
Jin Din Rou (京鼎樓)
This restaurant has developed many exclusive-flavor xiaolongbao, such as Oolong tea xiaolongbao, which has a crispy green skin and light tea fragrance. Select Lishan tea is powdered and added to both skins and fillings in harmonious balance. With each bite, the meaty broth and tea sweetness surge forth, in a refreshing, delicious duet. Another diner-favorite signature dish is the steamed shrimp dumplings.
Add: No. 47, Changchun Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2523-6639
Maji Treats (神農生活)
Add: 4F, No. 14, Nanjing W. Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2563-0818
Paper and Tea Tearoom (P&T 柏林茶館)
Add: No. 18, Ln. 36, Sec. 2, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
(台北市中山區中山北路二段36 巷18 號)
Tel: (02) 2523-9860
Hours: 10am – 9pm